Some council members and community folks voiced weariness at all the fighting. They pleaded for unity. They said everyone in Hewitt was sure better than this. Yet many speaking couldn’t resist taking one more shot at someone else in the town feud.
During my once-a-decade home office cleanup, I found a buried binder entitled, “Waco Vision 2020.” Since we’re just a year from that date, my labors seemed timely.
For more than an hour, discussion of ways to reduce municipal reliance on fossil fuels gave way to tedious wrangling over protocols and procedures.
“This is a perfect example of white male justice. This type of plea deal will eventually destroy our democracy.”
Either the electorate, bored with a menu of faintly variant servings of boorishness, or the 22nd Amendment will end this, our shabbiest but not our first shabby presidency.
We are more interested in idolizing Dr. King than applying the principles for which he died to contemporary American life.
One complaint of many Texans concerns the corrupting access and influence certain lobbyists with deep pockets enjoy with lawmakers. In fact, politicians on the campaign trail like to rail about the supposed evils of lobbyists. It’s an easy applause line. So what then to make of Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s decision (or that of his proxies) to give a Texas Senate press pass to the right-wing lobbying group Empower Texans? Colossally poor judgment? Or something more insidious?
After the stormy tenure of Jeff Sessions as attorney general, the likely return of William Barr to the job — which he held with distinction under President George H.W. Bush — has been greeted with sighs of relief at the Justice Department. The reason is not hard to divine: Bill Barr is an accomplished lawyer with a deep respect for the law and for the integrity and independence of the department — something I know from having served under him. After his solid performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, he seems almost certain to be approved by the full Senate.
What were we talking about one year ago? Take a look back.
Pat Chisolm-Miller, 59, of Waco, administrative assistant to McLennan County Precinct 2 Commissioner Lester Gibson, is a Democratic candidate vying to succeed Gibson upon his retirement in January 2019. Early voting for the Democratic primary election begins on Feb. 20 with Election Day on March 6.
Norman Manning, 68, of Waco, a Waco Independent School District trustee and Army veteran who served in military intelligence, is a Democratic candidate for McLennan County Precinct 2 commissioner. Early voting for the Democratic primary election begins on Feb. 20 with Election Day on March 6.
The downsides of President Donald Trump’s first year in office are legion, but among the most serious has undoubtedly been his effect on American soft power. Case in point is the global response to the president’s alleged remarks that the United States should no longer accept immigrants from “s---hole countries” such as Haiti and various African nations — an episode that has shown how Trump excels at using the bully pulpit to bring down international condemnation on his own country.
McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna expressed his familiar contempt for the Tribune-Herald in Thursday’s tooth-and-nail candidate forum with challenger Barry Johnson before the McLennan County Republican Club. In branding the Trib a purveyor of “fake news” and a “ridiculous rag,” he inspired applause from supporters in one part of Knox Hall, stunned silence from Republicans elsewhere. By the time the hour was done, the 45-year-old DA had succeeded only in confirming his sustained lack of accountability to taxpaying voters and reality-based press regarding sworn allegations of corruption.